I operate with the following current gear:
Nikon D800 (But the Nikon D810 replaced it)
Nikon 50mm f/1.4
Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 (updating soon with lens with VR)
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8
You will probably want a better ball-head
My Camera Gear Recommendations:
I’ve been trying to figure out whether to switch to a mirrorless system. The benefits are clear: it is lighter and therefore easier to carry around which means you will more likely to take it with you at all times increasing the possibility of taking amazing shots. The biggest issue for me is that I would have to start over with my lens collection. At this moment in time, I don’t think I can do it (hint: $$$) but I highly suggest for those choosing in between systems to be thoughtful in their selection:
- Nikon & Canon don’t have a mirrorless full frame systems yet but they have an established lens collection and their cameras are superb at processing photos.
- Sony has the most advanced full frame cameras but not a good selection of lenses. The connection between a camera and its lens is called a “mount.” Sony’s Alpha cameras uses the E-Mount which is kind of new. Zeiss and Sigma are making some innovative lenses around this system.
- Fuji has great cameras but their sensor format is smaller than the full-frames. This is better in the sense that it allows for smaller cameras and lenses, which translates into less expensive and lighter systems. Also, Fuji’s have a well deserved reputation of excellent dynamic range and the amazing colors. The only downside is that the smaller sensor creates smaller pictures and for some professionals that isn’t acceptable.
If you happen to be an iPhone user, upgrade your phone. Not only will you have better phone capabilities, but the camera improvement is significant between each phone. The iPhone 6S which is due to come out in Sept-Oct of 2015 will boast a 12mp camera with low-light capabilities that rival most point and shoot cameras. At this rate of improvement, Fuji’s smaller sensor camera will be left with no comparative advantage.